SpaceX Dragon ISS Demonstration Mission a Success

May 22-31, 2012: The SpaceX Dragon Demo C2 vehicle successfully launched on a Falcon-9 rocket on May 22nd, then performed spacex-dragon-captureon-orbit flight demonstrations, rendezvoused with, and berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 25th. After six days attached to the ISS, Dragon safely departed, re-entered, and was recovered on May 31st. Dragon became the first commercial vehicle to deliver cargo to ISS, and it is the only currently operating vehicle able to return cargo safely back to Earth. Odyssey engineers performed realtime mission support at Mission Control Center in Houston, working with both SpaceX and NASA during the entire mission. Odyssey’s role in Dragon development was extensive, including Dragon Guidance Navigation and Control (GN&C) and System Engineering design support, as well as Independent Verification and Validation of all safety critical software. Congratulations to the entire SpaceX and NASA team! For more images and details about the historic SpaceX Dragon mission, go to: http://www.spacex.com

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